WHY WE HAD TO LET JOE GO – KAT

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Joshua Richards

CHARL­TON chief ex­ec­u­tive Ka­trien Meire ad­mit­ted the club felt com­pelled to sell teenage de­fender Joe Gomez to Liver­pool in a £3.5m deal in the sum­mer af­ter learn­ing a harsh les­son be­fore Dale Stephens left The Val­ley.

They blocked the mid­fielder’s pro­posed move to As­ton Villa in 2012 but, left with an an­gry player, they even­tu­ally sold him to Brighton.

“I promised Joe he could go when the right club came in. As much as I want to keep the play­ers – and I will really try – some­times it does not work to stop them,” said Meire.“You can­not frus­trate a player too long.

“With Dale Stephens, his agent came to me and asked for a trans­fer af­ter we had blocked it. He was an­gry we did not al­low him to move to a big­ger club.”

The Ad­dicks have signed ex-West Ham and Bolton for­ward Ri­cardo Vaz Te, 29, on a free trans­fer. He had been a free agent since leav­ing Turk­ish side Akhisar Belediye­spor ear­lier this year and has agreed a deal un­til the end of the sea­son.

EXIT: Joe Gomez

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